Travel lighter on your next ski mountaineering trip.
Ski mountaineers and other alpine travelers needed an ultralight mountaineering axe, so Camp USA created the 7.2-ounce Corsa Ice Axe. No, that's not a typo; this thing only weighs 7.2 ounces. The key to this ice axe's low weight is all-aluminum construction. Although the Corsa Ice Axe isn't the tool of choice for steep alpine or ice climbing, the aluminum pick gets the job done well on hard neve snow and during mellow glacier travel. Strap this Camp ice axe to your pack for your next technical ski tour, and it will be ready to provide extra purchase for the sketchy traverse into the couloir.
- All-aluminum construction shaves weight to a scant 7.2 ounces
- Textured lower shaft for better grip
- Note: aluminum pick not appropriate for ice
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Got this axe for ski touring, and was not disappointed. Incredibly light, and did the job when you needed to bootpack up a couloir or something.
No good leash attachment spot, and the axe is easy to loose your grip on. I held it by the top of the head most of the time when using it to keep a firm grip.
Not to be used as a regular mountaineering ax/walking aid (not big enough, and the handle fills up with snow), but great for something lightweight that you may/may not need.
Lightest weight weapon
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I purchased the 50cm Corsa Axe for lightweight skimo days (and it looks cute attached to my Dynafit RC 20 skimo pack). I have to say, wow, this axe is light... Which comes in handy for days when you may or may not need to pull it off your pack, i.e. booting up NE face of Lone Peak in the Wasatch where I did need it for one section and was really stoked to have it with me. As with the minimal theme, the shaft grip is, well... there is no grip - unless you count the 5 micro machined notches. I used with BD Arc gloves that use a Pittards tack palm and grip was good, but normal fabric or leather gloves I think would be a bit sketch. I think I'll be adding grip tape or athletic tape as well. It would also be great if Camp included a light leash that fit the build - the axe is super light but laws of gravity still apply.
Make sure its what you want
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great axe if you use it for what its meant for. Light mountain routs, as in something not very steep or snow. It is fantastic for snow climbing or long alpine routs where a self arrest may be needed (but where you are not in high risk of). It is not good when there is real ice, but its not really meant for that. Its worthless for cutting steps or making a platform in ice but its not meant for that either. Basically if you want to save weight and your not going to be on anything "technical" its the bee's knee's. It is stupid light, I own ultralight trekking poles that are heavier.
It Weighs Nothing
Well almost nothing.
First, lets be clear, this is a axe you carry when you may need an axe for a little while and the snow is going to be soft enough. If you encounter ice, you're done. If you need it to plunge time after time, hour after after, you're done.
It's too light, dull, flimsy, etc to use as a serious tool for a serious mountain route.
It weighs nothing!
BD Raven (top) Corsa Bottom
light weight 60cm ice axe
I was looking for an ice axe I could take with me while climbing overseas. This is the lightest axe on the market currently! I tried it out on a spring snow climb recently and was amazed how lightweight it was compared to my more trad raven ice pro axe from REI.
One bit of caution - the spike has a tendency to get filled with snow/dirt. Secondly, I'd suggest using the axe on snow and not dirt/rock. In one outing, after hitting couple granite rocks, the end of my new axe is partially marked. Lightweight is not always the strongest stuff.
Perfect for weight weenies like me
Perefect if you are travelling on low angle snow (<45 degrees) and don't want to haul a heavy axe like BD Raven. I have almost never used my Raven every since I got this one. My axe always draws attention from the group for its lightness.
Let's say I order a Corsa Ice Ax .. and...
Let's say I order a Corsa Ice Ax .. and it was 2cm too long.
Is it possible for me to shorten it by taking it to my garage with a hacksaw and then re-braze the tip back on???
I highly doubt that 2cm would make a big difference. You shouldn't be using this axe on high angle snow anyway.
Yes. I cut mine into 43cm. Fits nicely inside my pack for skiing, stupidly light, I even take it on early summer alpine running / light mountaineering missions...
I bought this axe as my first axe for ski touring. Since I bought a Black Diamond Raven Pro for mountaineering. Even though the Corsa is lighter, I still end up taking the Raven Pro 99% of the time, as I think if ever need to use the axe to self-arrest I want the confidence of the steel pick. The aluminum pick really seems a bit questionable.
I am 5'10" and measure 27 inches (68.5 cm)...
I am 5'10" and measure 27 inches (68.5 cm) from my fingertips to the ground - wearing ski boots. If using this axe for ski moutaineering and touring, what length do you recommend?
For ski mountaineering and ski touring I almost ALWAYS prefer a shorter axe. The times you are using it are less frequent and it is almost always when you are on steep terrain, so the need for a longer axe is reduced. Go with a 50-55cm axe. I am 6'2" and I would use a 50, just because then it is lighter and stores in less space when you are travelling.
While ski touring this axe fell off my pack. I found it months later after the snow melted up in a tree . NO RUST. This is the perfect axe to bring when part of you feels like you don't really need to bring one.
Excellent for moderate snow climbing
I bought this as a lightweight ski mountaineering tool - basically, the hassle of carrying an ice axe had gotten to the point where I typically just didn't carry one, and was instead relying on whippets as a primary snow climbing tool. While whippets are great in many applications, they don't exactly offer the security of an ice axe in situations requiring a self belay, nor is a whippet very good at tunneling through a cornice.
I've been really happy with the Corsa. It's incredibly light and compact so that it's not an inconvenience to carry, and really useful in situations where an ice axe is useful. If I hadn't already owned a good quality axe, I probably would have opted instead for a short, lightweight Black Diamond or Grivel axe with a steel head, as the Corsa's aluminum head is laughable.
Perfect for UL Excursions
Obviously, you wouldn't wanna use an axe this light for ice climbing or hardcore snow travel, but as a general-use ultra-light axe, the Corsa is king. I paired this with a simple leash I made from webbing with two loops, and it's perfect. Super light, dependable, and the tip seems to keep an edge pretty well. I'd also recommend this as a backup axe for those of you that are into snow climbing.